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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 22, 2014 9:31 AM CST

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I am pleased to be able to pre-announce the first annual ATP photo contest.

Start date: October 25, 2014
Category judging begins November 8, 2014
Best of Show judging begins November 10, 2014
The final winners announced November 11, 2014

Times are in UTC, so the contest will actually launch on this Friday evening at 7:00pm CT.

I am pleased to announce that the contest is sponsored by American Meadows and High Country Gardens, and they are offering a combined total of $400 in gift certificates for the first 3 Best of Show winners. The coveted ATP coffee mugs will be offered for 4th, 5th and 6th place Best of Show.

This is going to be a huge contest, and will be a lot of fun. We have so many talented photographers here, with so many beautiful gardens, I am very excited to see what photos get submitted. You will be allowed to submit 5 photos into each of the 15 categories.

So, hit the homepage on Friday evening for more details. Until then, start picking through your photo collection and prepare your files. Smiling
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 22, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Sounds great, Dave. I'm looking forward to enjoying the photos.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Me too!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 22, 2014 4:01 PM CST
Late to the party as usual . . . but I wanted to put in my 2 cents about categories, in the spirit of thinking outside the box. Or keeping things simpler?

Instead of categories of plants (of which there are so very many) how about grouping the photos in categories based on . . how to describe it . . distance?

Close-ups (macro) to include tiny flowers, plant detail and insects
Individual bloom, fruit, leaf or seed pod - "cameo" shots?
One plant shrub or tree
Multi-plant groupings
Small garden areas, to include wildlife
Garden scenery, large area, to include wildlife

Just thinking that there's no reason a picture of my orchid can't be judged on its merit against a picture of Ann's daylily, or a picture of an area of a garden in Florida against a garden in the Pac NW. It's not any easier to judge only pictures of, say, daylilies against one another.
Elaine

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Oct 22, 2014 4:17 PM CST
I am not going to make any suggestions for the overall categories but over the last many years I have written a lot Schedules for flower shows and wording must be precise. For instance Elaine suggests a category worded "Small garden area, to include wildlife. To me that would indicate that the picture should include wildlife. Better wording would be "may include wildlife." I'm think others might be confused also.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 22, 2014 4:21 PM CST
I agree
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2014 4:48 PM CST
Waiting to see the final list of categories Friday. This is going to be so much fun, even if a person doesn't submit photos. Just seeing all the submissions will be amazing. Hurray!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Oct 22, 2014 5:01 PM CST

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The categories for 2014 were discussed a couple weeks ago and are now set in stone. We can revisit the category issue in 2015 for next year's contest.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 22, 2014 5:46 PM CST
Yup. Although Elaine makes some interesting suggestions. But for now, I say, relax and enjoy the show! Hope this turns out to be a regular feature. Who, me? Like pretty pictures? Nah! Hilarious!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 22, 2014 8:24 PM CST
Good point on the wording, Paul. You're so right, "may" is what I meant for sure.

Dave, I figured you'd have things set in stone by now, but maybe for next year?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 23, 2014 12:37 PM CST
This is going to be so much fun! I'm looking forward to seeing many beautiful photographs from our members and I hope to get a chance to get out and take a few pictures to enter myself.

How nice of American Meadows: http://www.americanmeadows.com/ and High Country Gardens: http://www.highcountrygardens.com/ to offer such generous prizes ... and we can't forget the prize of the wonderful ATP Coffee Mugs, a photo can be seen here: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/177987/

Get those camera's shooting folks and .... let the fun begin!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 23, 2014 2:15 PM CST
What?? Shrug! No prize of many acorns? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Oct 23, 2014 2:42 PM CST

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No acorns planned this time. Smiling Although... Whistling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 23, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Green Grin!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 23, 2014 3:07 PM CST
Golly, where is that emoticon? The one of the spoiled child, arms crossed over her chest, tapping her foot, and staring at the ceiling.
That would come in mighty handy at the moment. Here I am speeding my way through the camera instruction manual, finally learned how to do this:
Thumb of 2014-10-23/greene/a41728

or the more artsy version:


or this one, which would have been great if only the sun had cooperated just a bit more:
Thumb of 2014-10-23/greene/b767c4

...and not an acorn in sight?? Foot tapping... ... ... ... Whistling

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Oct 23, 2014 3:13 PM CST
greene said:
or this one, which would have been great if only the sun had cooperated just a bit more:
Thumb of 2014-10-23/greene/b767c4



I think the lighting was perfect in this one. Great shot and best of those three
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Oct 23, 2014 6:41 PM CST
I agree !
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 23, 2014 7:25 PM CST
It's a gorgeous shot, greene. What?? Are you trying to intimidate the competition? Big Grin

(now I'm frantically searching for the instruction manual to my camera, too . . . Rolling my eyes. Oh well, it will help me get to sleep fast tonight.)
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
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greene
Oct 23, 2014 8:10 PM CST
Thank You! , I am happy that some folks like the pictures.

Sighing! Page 168 'Processing Images with Digital Filters' is as far as I have read so far - well, that's actually the page I am stuck on.
There is no way I can learn it all in a hurry.

No intimidation from me, no worries. I am just having fun holding up my end of the conversation about the contest. Besides, there are no acorn prizes so Sighing! Sad .

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Oct 23, 2014 9:48 PM CST
@dave

Can photos that were taken previously, but not submitted to ATP be used for the contest?

Or photos taken and previously submitted to ATP, can they be in the contest?

Or do they have be new photos taken from the start of the contest? Confused
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